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Russia bolsters Far Eastern air force with Sukhoi-35Ss

  |   Feb. 13, 2014 at 1:10 AM
KOMSOMOLSK-NA-AMUR, Russia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Russian government is strengthening its military presence in the country's Far East, with its air force receiving Su-35Ss.

The Sukhoi-35S fighter is one of the most advanced aircraft in Russia's air force. Designated by NATO as the "Flanker-E," the Sukhoi-35S is a heavily upgraded variant of the Sukhoi-27 multirole fighter and has been promoted as "a 4++ generation combat aircraft using fifth-generation technology."

The Sukhoi-35S fighter is powered by two 117S turbofans with thrust-vectoring and features high maneuverability and the capability to engage several air targets simultaneously.

The Russian Defense Ministry ordered 48 Sukhoi-35S fighters in 2009, of which 34 have been delivered, with the final deliveries scheduled for next year, RIA Novosti news agency reported Wednesday. The Su-35S aircraft will be based at the Dzemgi air base in the Khabarovsk Region, the Defense Ministry said.

The Sukhoi-35S is the first non-U.S. aircraft to have substantial super-cruise ability, the capacity for sustained cruising at supersonic speed without the use of afterburners.

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